Year 2 children will take statutory assessments in:
In 2017 the KS1 SPAG test remains optional, so schools can choose whether to administer it to their pupils.
The Reading Test
The reading test is made up of two separate papers:
Each paper is worth 50 per cent of the marks, and should take around 30 minutes, but children are not be strictly timed, as the tests are not intended to assess children’s ability to work at speed. The texts in the reading papers cover a range of fiction, non-fiction and poetry, and get progressively more difficult towards the end of the test.
There are a variety of question types:
Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling Tests
If the school decides to administer the test, children will complete two separate papers in grammar, spelling and punctuation:
The children will sit two separate papers.
Paper 1 is arithmetic worth 25 marks and takes around 15 minutes.
Paper 2 is mathematical fluency, problem-solving and reasoning, worth 35 marks and taking around 35 minutes, with a break if necessary. There are a variety of question types: multiple choice, matching, true/false, constrained (e.g. completing a chart or table; drawing a shape) and less constrained (e.g. where children have to show or explain their method).
Children will not be able to use any tools such as calculators or number lines.
How the tests are marked
Although the tests are set externally, they will be marked by teachers within the school Instead of the old national curriculum levels, children are given a scaled score.
Their raw score – the actual number of marks they get – is translated into a scaled score, where a score of 100 means the child is working at the expected standard. A score below 100 indicates that the child needs more support, whereas a score of above 100 suggests the child is working at a higher level than expected for their age.
The maximum score possible is 115, and the minimum is 85.
Teacher assessments will be used to build up a picture of your child’s learning and achievements. Your child will receive an overall result saying whether they have achieved the required standard in the tests.
Other national curriculum subjects, including English writing, speaking and listening, science and computing, will be assessed by your child's teacher based on their work throughout the year.
The new-style KS1 SATs are due to be administered in May 2017. Unlike KS2 SATs, KS1 SATs do not have to be administered according to a nationally-set timetable in a specific week. Schools are free to manage the timetable and will aim to administer the tests in the classroom in a familiar environment.